Join Ambassador Samantha Power for a reading from her latest memoir and international best seller, The Education of an Idealist, and an in conversation with Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC at Harry Hartog bookshop.
Power's memoir details her journey from Irish immigrant to war correspondent and presidential Cabinet official. Power calls for more transparency, clarity and kindness in politics and daily lives and offers responses to what each person can do.
Ambassador Power will also be doing book signings and books will be available to purchase from Harry Hartog.
'Samantha Power is a Pulitzer winner, an incredible writer, and a great friend. Her memoir grapples with the balance between idealism, pragmatism, advocacy, and governance. It's a must read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.' - Barack Obama.
Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.
From 2013 to 2017 Ambassador Power served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama's cabinet. In this role, she became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, helped build new international law to cripple ISIL's financial networks, and supported President Obama's path-breaking actions to end the Ebola crisis.
From 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.
Before joining the U.S. government, Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. She earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe and has twice been named in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list.
Ambassador Power's book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other awards.